Monthly Archives: September 2018

Air Conditioning Repair

Tips on Cleaning a Commercial Property HVAC System

Besides many other tasks that need to be performed day in and day out, being a responsible and efficient landlord or manager of commercial properties also includes taking good care of the HVAC system. By doing so you will eliminate odors, excessive moisture, and stop mold from developing in and around your units, as well as lower your energy costs and make your space a more pleasant place to live in. The easiest way to ensure that your HVAC system is working without a glitch is to follow these simple steps as frequently as possible.

Plan Your Action

Cleaning air ducts is not a risk-free activity and by doing so without being careful, you can release toxic contaminants into your building. In order to avoid possible injuries and discomfort, notify your occupants in advance and take all the necessary steps to keep them protected and your property in good shape.

Dispose of Standing Water

Cooling towers, (de)humidification equipment and drain pans are places where water tends to pool, which in turn can cause mold growth, increase humidity and release odors to your HVAC system. Dispose of all unnecessary standing water around your system, and frequently clean these surfaces.

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Time to Clean

Check both your outdoor and your indoor components and use different sized brushes to loosen dirt and debris that accumulated in the system. Use a vacuum cleaner to reach deeper into the unit and clean thoroughly.

Clean and Change Air Filters

If your building has reusable filters, check them for damage and clean them by carefully following the instructions from the manufacturer. Replace all used-up filters.

Apply Additional Protection

After cleaning all the surfaces, apply necessary sealants, antimicrobial agents and resurfacing materials following all the applicable instructions and regulations.

Do an Annual Inspection with a Professional

Checking the entire system once a year will help detect possible problems with the system and prevent significant malfunctions down the road.

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.

Repair Your HVAC System

HVAC Repairs You Cannot DIY

HVAC systems usually break down on the hottest summer days, during holidays and at rather inconvenient times, when most professionals are off-duty and cannot help at a moments notice. It is not a big surprise that we try to find a DIY solution to our problems in such cases. Some of us are also frugal and believe strongly that we can do everything by ourselves to save money. Most things we can actually fix with some elbow grease, but there are some repairs that you should never try to do on your own. The HVAC system, in particular, repairing it is not an easy or a safe task unless you are a trained professional since it involves harmful chemicals and dangerously high voltages. Here are some rules of thumb when considering a DIY repair of your HVAC unit.

Never Open Your Unit Without Proper Tools

Your basic toolkit might be useful when doing small tasks around the house, but using it to open up and tinker around your HVAC unit can cause further damage. Specialized tools must be used to identify possible issues and fix small and fragile parts.

Refrigerants Must be Handled With Care

A refrigerant is a highly toxic chemical that needs to be disposed of in a specific manner which is outlined by law, and that task must be done by a certified professional. Handling it yourself can cause serious damage to your surroundings and put you and your family in harm’s way.

HVAC technician testing voltage on a mercury thermostat.

Do Not Experiment With Electrical Repairs

All HVAC units use high voltages and strong electric currents that can cause electric shocks when touched, or even cause a fire in your home. If you notice something is wrong with your unit, hire a professional to find the problem and fix it.

Never Assume You Know What is Wrong With Your Unit

Unless you are an experienced professional, it is really hard to guess the real cause your HVAC system is malfunctioning. Short circuits, for example, are not always a sign of an electrical problem but can also be a symptom of a whole string of possible problems, such as a broken thermostat, a refrigerant leak or a blocked air filter that needs careful cleaning. By getting involved you might worsen the problem and actually increase your repair expenses.

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.